Japan–New Zealand relations

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New Zealand–Japan relations
Map indicating locations of New Zealand and Japan

New Zealand


Relations between Japan and New Zealand have generally been cordial since the post-World War II period, with Japan being a major trading partner with New Zealand. These relations have held together despite policy disputes over whaling and the International Whaling Commission.

Business and trade[edit]

The NZ International Business Forum, established in 2006 by major export-focused companies in New Zealand, has as one of its key goals negotiations for a free trade agreement with Japan.

Disaster recovery aids[edit]

Japan has helped, sending men and equipment, with the 2010 Canterbury earthquake.

New Zealand sent an urban search and rescue team which had spent the previous three weeks searching buildings following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and 15 tonnes of rescue equipment with the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1] The government donated $2m to the Japanese Red Cross to support relief efforts.[2][3]

Educational partnerships[edit]

In 1985, Japan and New Zealand agreed on a working holiday scheme for young people from both countries. The working holiday programme is the second oldest after Australia for Japan.[4]

New Zealand was one of the four founding participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, established in 1987 by the Japanese Government.[5]

Military ties[edit]

Commodore John Martin, RNZN (left) and Vice Admiral Yasushi Matsushita, JMSDF at the Yokosuka headquarters near Tokyo on 15 October, 2012.

In October 2012, Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore John Martin went to the Yokosuka headquarters in Japan, and there Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Admiral Yasushi Matsushita welcomed his visit.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Zealand USAR team arrive in Japan". 3 News. 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Support for Japan". Beehive.govt.nz. 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Fire Service Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)". NZ Embassy. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Working Holiday Programmes in Japan". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. August 26, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Embassy of Japan in New Zealand". Nz.emb-japan.go.jp. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ ニュージーランド海軍海上部隊司令官来訪‐自衛艦隊 海上自衛隊 (in Japanese) - October 15, 2012

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